First attempt at Greenstuff

I pride myself on not being scared of anything.

I have no phobias. I’m not scared of heights, large open spaces, spiders, water or even public speaking.

I was, I repeat, was, scared to use Greenstuff haha.

I know many of you are all over Greenstuff already. I’ve seen what you’ve done and have admired it but when I’ve thought of using I’ve always put it in the the too hard basket. After talking to Wudugast and watching a bazillion youtubes I discovered two things. Bazillion isn’t actually a number AND Greenstuff didn’t look tooooooooo complicated. I took the leap and bought a small stick (Roll-up type thing, for those of you who know what Roll-ups were. Yum) of it.

I was nervous an clumsy at first much like my first time with something else. It was sticky and weird, again much like my first time with something else…

I used lube, didn’t have Vasolene, so I used a bit of cooking oil on my fingers and tools. Hahaha this Blog wasn’t meant to be full of innuendos I promise!

First I used the Greenstuff to fill some holes and gaps on a model. Then I made a mutant type arm.

Then I made a creepy scarecrow looking head. Not bad for a first attempt. Probably a bit too big but this particular model is meant to be all out of proportion. Eg Ork arms with human legs and torso.

I now feel less fearful and a little more confident to play with Greenstuff. I’d like to thank Wudugast for his encouragement .

I’d love to hear your comments but mostly your advice. Go easy on me fellas hehe.

Cheers.

IRO

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21 thoughts on “First attempt at Greenstuff”

  1. Great work, looks like you’re a natural! 🙂
    I’ve tried to model with Greenstuff several times and I’m still scared… or better, I’m frustrated. I manage to make sacks, but that’s about it. My girlfriend says she never hears me swear as often as when I use Greenstuff 🙂

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  2. Good start, the secret is just keep going. It’s not something you learn over night.
    I only use water, score the model so it has something to stick to. Have a pot of water to dip your fingers and tools in as you work.
    The more blue you use the harder it is, the more yellow you use the softer and stickier it is. Both has its place depending what your doing.
    Now my advice is start small, pouches, backbacks and old tatty cloths and capes.
    If you need any help email me muppet.man@hotmail.com and I’ll get back to you.

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  3. Greenstuff is great once you get the feel of it, as said above there is no real secret to it just keep at it, half the fun is thinking “how the hell am I going to sculpt that!” and then figuring it out. One thing I would say is though I started out with just a cocktail stick, it is worth investing in some tools if your going to stick at it (just like the other thing…oooer misses!). Some metal spiked tools, a small (5 to 7mm blade) and a couple of colour shapers are well worth the money. If you go to my blog the items I’m referring to are the two metal tools and the thing with the pink shaft next to the strip of greenstuff, on the right hand side of my header. quite a few online retailers sell these.

    https://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com/

    Best of luck cheers Roger.

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  4. Two things that will blow your mind:
    1. Mixing Greenstuff with Milliput – to vary your soft/hard and strong/weak feelings of the material while sculpting and cutting or filing a cured piece. It’s possible to reach a precise material feeling.

    2. Anything is a sculpting tool – get a selection of plastic items and cut, file, drill them into whatever shape. Make your own sculpting tools and save trouble later!

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  5. Congrats on taking your first steps using greenstuff. I’ve been using it for over 20 years, and I can’t imagine doing any kind of conversion without it at this point. As others have said, start small, but don’t be afraid to push yourself further with more complicated projects down the line. There’s still loads for me to learn after all this time, but I overcame my biggest fear a year or so ago and sculpted a figure from scratch using greenstuff (http://heavystatic.blogspot.com/2015/03/blood-bowl-beast-of-nurgle.html) and the learning experience was well worth it.

    Tools are essential, so buy what you can (shapers and smoothers, both rubber and metal have served me well for years), and make what you need but can’t find – needles of various sizes stuck into wooden skewers, interesting items that make equally interesting textures, and anything else lying around the house that will help you push putty into the shape you want – all of it is fair game.

    Think about what you want to make before you make it. Think about the structure of what you’re about to sculpt. Think about the layers of that structure and what needs to happen first before the final product you see on the surface. If you’re sculpting an eye, the eyeball needs to go down first before the eyelids are sculpted around it. Watch how clay sculptors work, and use the same layering techniques to build up your forms. And on that note, go slow. As you’re layering, let the current layer cure and harden so it will provide a solid base structure for the next level of detail to be built upon.

    Don’t use an oil or petroleum based lubricant. It will only have to be cleaned off before you apply the next round of greenstuff. I personally use water, or just plain old spit – sounds weird, but I usually just lick my sculpting tools before applying them to putty.

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    1. Thank you so much Odie. Some really helpful info here. I am quite excited and usually that means patience flies out the window but I’ll take my time. I’m off to look at your link. Cheers again mate.

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  6. It’s been said and I’ll say it again- water. I use warm or hot water and keep the green stuff in the water when it is not in use. The green stuff stays malleable when I take it out of the water. My fingers are wet then so it doesn’t stick to me. When the water cools I dump it and pour some more warn water into the bowl.

    Sculpting tools are a must as well. It makes a night and day difference.

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